SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
Pursuant to Section 13 OR 15(d) of The Securities Exchange Act of 1934
Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported) October 15, 2018
CONSTELLATION BRANDS, INC.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
(State or other jurisdiction
207 High Point Drive, Building 100, Victor, NY 14564
(Address of principal executive offices) (Zip Code)
Registrant’s telephone number, including area code (585) 678-7100
(Former name or former address, if changed since last report.)
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Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers.
On October 15, 2018, the Board of Directors of Constellation Brands, Inc. (“Constellation” or the “Company”) appointed William A. Newlands as the Company’s President and Chief Executive Officer effective March 1, 2019. In addition, on March 1, 2019, Robert Sands, who is currently Chief Executive Officer of the Company, will assume the role of executive chair, and Richard Sands, who is currently executive chair, will assume the role of executive vice chair. As a result of these changes, the Company will no longer have a Chief Operating Officer.
Mr. Newlands, age 59, was appointed President in February 2018 and has served as Chief Operating Officer since January 2017. He served as Executive Vice President of the Company from January 2015 until February 2018. From January 2016 to January 2017 he performed the role of President, Wine & Spirits Division and from January 2015 through January 2016 he performed the role of Chief Growth Officer. Mr. Newlands joined the Company in January 2015. Prior to that he served from October 2011 until August 2014 as Senior Vice President and President, North America of Beam Inc., as Senior Vice President and President, North America of Beam Global Spirits & Wine, Inc. from December 2010 to October 2011 and as Senior Vice President and President, USA of Beam Global Spirits & Wine, Inc. from February 2008 to December 2010. Beam Inc., a producer and seller of branded distilled spirits products, merged with a subsidiary of Suntory Holding Limited, a Japanese company, in 2014. Prior to October 2011, Beam Global Spirits & Wine, Inc. was the spirits operating segment of Fortune Brands, Inc., which was a leading consumer products company that made and sold branded consumer products worldwide in the distilled spirits, home and security, and golf markets.
The existing employment agreement between the Company and Mr. Newlands is not being amended in connection with this change. Mr. Newlands’s employment agreement was filed as Exhibit 10.57 to the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended February 28, 2015 and is incorporated herein by reference.
There are no understandings or arrangements between Mr. Newlands and any other person pursuant to which Mr. Newlands was selected to serve as Chief Executive Officer, other than his employment relationship set forth above. Mr. Newlands does not have any relationships requiring disclosure under Item 401(d) of Regulation S-K and there have been no transactions since the beginning of the Company’s last fiscal year, nor any proposed transactions, regarding Mr. Newlands that are required to be disclosed under Item 404(a) of Regulation S-K.
Regulation FD Disclosure.
On October 17, 2018, Constellation issued a news release, a copy of which release is furnished herewith as Exhibit 99.1 to this Current Report on Form 8-K and incorporated herein by reference, announcing a change in the Company’s senior management personnel effective March 1, 2019.
References to Constellation’s website and/or other social media sites or platforms in the release do not incorporate by reference the information on such websites, social media sites or platforms into this Current Report on Form 8-K, and Constellation disclaims any such incorporation by reference. The information in the news release attached as Exhibit 99.1 is incorporated by reference into this Item 7.01 in satisfaction of the public disclosure requirements of Regulation FD. This information is “furnished” and not “filed” for purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, and is not otherwise subject to the liabilities of that section. Such information may be incorporated by reference in another filing under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 or the Securities Act of 1933 only if and to the extent such subsequent filing specifically references the information incorporated by reference herein.
Financial Statements and Exhibits.
The following exhibit is furnished as part of this Current Report on Form 8-K:
News Release of Constellation Brands, Inc. dated October 17, 2018.
INDEX TO EXHIBITS
Designates management contract or compensatory plan or arrangement.
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.
October 17, 2018
CONSTELLATION BRANDS, INC.
/s/ David Klein
Executive Vice President and
Chief Financial Officer